Downtown Alternative School (Gr JK - 06)
85 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON
In 1980, DAS was established by parents who wanted to be actively involved in their children's education. Peaceful conflict resolution or Peacebuilding was developed at DAS and has been adopted by schools around the world. This tradition continues through the school's commitment to equity, social justice and environmental responsibility.
We are located in the heart of the St. Lawrence Market community and share the site with housing above, some shops below, and the playground with St. Michael School. Since it is administratively twinned with Market Lane, DAS is able to access the swimming pool at the St. Lawrence C.C. In addition, there is on-site childcare. Please call the DAS Daycare at 416-368-9735 for more information.
Peaceful Conflict Resolution
Children thrive in our co-operative learning environment where everyone' voice is heard and everyone's ideas are considered. Children mediate disagreements through peaceful conflict resolution. Our older students model and explicitly teach a variety of problem-solving strategies to younger students.
Through community-building actvities with our TCDSB neighbours such as Reading Buddies and co-school activities related to art or "Carnaval" children learn positive social skills within the broader community.
Through authentic multi-aged learning children are engaged in meaningful critical thinking and problem-solving activities. For example, during "DAS Math" grades 1 to 6 students work together to grapple with rich learning tasks, providing leadership for the older students and mentorship for the younger ones.